March 11, 2009

pickles & dumplings

While fossicking about the kitchen for a snack late one night, I sorta accidentally stumbled upon an altogether salubrious combo. I never would have planned to have these two things together, but now that I have, I think my hippocampus is irreversibly altered.

Now, it's better than it sounds, so promise me you'll try it before you dismiss it out of hand. Alrighty then.

Earl Grey + Popcorn.

It's addictive, trust me. But you have to do it just so to make this pair sing:

1. The popcorn needs a little butter and sea salt, but nothing else.

2. The Earl Grey needs milk and sugar. (Actually, I use agave nectar.) I usually drink it black, but up against popcorn it needs to be tricked up a little.

(Oh, and if you can froth the milk, so much the better. I love frothing milk. It gives me an excuse to say froth. Froth froth frothity froth. Frothy frithery froth. Froth frother frothest. You need to say froth sometimes, too, don't you? And I bet you didn't even know before now.)

It's just a serendipitous blend of crunchy, salty, sweet and creamy. And it's especially yummy with a good book and a big comfy chair.

So I told you mine; now tell me yours. Have any food combo quirks at your house?

Cheddar + Oreos?

Pretzels + Nutella?



Rebekah Sacran said...

Creamy Chicken Ramen Noodles and Pumpkin Pie.

Kat said...

Hhmm...Earl Grey and popcorn--I can't wait to try it. :)

(It did make my day to say froth so many times in a row!)

Mama Squirrel said...

I think Jack Prelutsky scooped you on this with his "Bleezer's Ice Cream" poem. A sampling:

"Cocoa Mocha Macaroni
Tapioca Smoked Baloney
Checkerberry Cheddar Chew
Chicken Cherry Honeydew
Tutti-Frutti Stewed Tomato
Tuna Taco Baked Potato
Lobster Litchi Lima Bean
Mozzarella Mangosteen...."

Katie said...


There, said it. ;o)

I used to froth milk when I was a barista, oh, about a hundred years ago. Before Starbucks. My favorite thing was frothed milk and lemon ginger muffins from the Tassajara Bakery. Ahhh... I could walk there from my house.

That's pretty standard, though-- milk and muffins. Let's see, do we have any weird combinations?

We like a banana with peanut butter, or mashed banana and peanut butter sandwiches. Or ice cream with a scoop of peanut butter on the side.

Everything is better with peanut butter. The fresher the better, although it *is* hard to clean the blender after you puree it.

I don't know how weird any of that is, though.

Anonymous said...

Goldfish crackers and M&M's!! Light and crunchy and salty and smooth and chocolatey.... Mmmmm. The proper ratio is roughly three Goldfish to two M&M's. Or possibly two to one.

Other Mother said...

Popcorn and fudge. Crunchy-salty/smooth-chocolaty!

Kate said...

overcooked brown sugar fudge and popcorn

saltine crackers and buttercream frosting

saltine crackers and cold lemon butter sauce

fritos and Aunt Molly's pear preserves

granola bars and cream cheese

coffee and a spoonful of cashew butter (my usual breakfast these days)

Owl of the Desert said...

Cheesy Doritos and Sour Cream

Wheat Thins and Cream Cheese

Yummy, Yum Yum. Makes me hungry just thinking about all the delicious combinations.

beatrice said...

frossome! (frothin awesome)

word verification: snaildead

Kate said...

Beatrice! your talent for inventing new words from combinations of old ones astounds me, as always. My word verification: lisms. Which I find humerous amoung the antidisestablishmentarianisms of the dictionaries. :)

Headmistress, zookeeper said...

I don't have any weird food combinations, but the Progeny think I do.
They find odd:
Chocolate covered raisins with very salty popcorn- two pieces of each at the same time.

Salted watermelon

peanut butter and mayo sandwiches with a glass of milk

peanuts on my ice cream with pancake syrup.

Dani said...

saltines with a piece of cheese on top, with a pickle on top of that...

or saltines with mustard and pickles...

only the dill pickle chips will do like for going on hamburgers

Jeanne said...

salad sandwiches with peanut butter. A sort of gado-gado sandwich. Yummo!

Word verification: gulmscap